27 October 2009

Villa Kérylos - the Central Courtyard

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Villa Kérylos was built in the early 1900s, in the period the French call the “Belle Epoque”, and is a unique and luxurious re-creation of an ancient Grecian dwelling of the second century B.C., complete with wall decorations and furniture.

Built by two great enthusiasts of Ancient Greece: Theodore Reinach, an archaeologist and patron of the arts, and Emmanuel Pontremoli, an inspired architect.

In keeping with many Mediterranean houses, the Villa Kérylos is built around a “peristyle”, a vast central courtyard surrounded by twelve monolithic columns in white Carrera marble. It was here that Theodore Reinach loved to take a walk.


Hilda said...

I feel like I've been transported in time and space. Such graceful columns and lovely murals!

I hope that one of your posts will feature that gate (?) in the background — it looks gorgeous from here.

glenda said...

I love the central courtyards. What apleasant and private space.

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